Camp Levi is designed to 'cure' young teenage boys of their budding homosexuality. Will Dillard spent a summer at Levi as a teenager, and has since tried to erase that experience from his mind. But when a fellow student alerts him that a slasher movie based on the camp is being released, he is forced to confront his troubled history and possible culpability in the death of a fellow camper. As past and present are woven together, Will returns to the abandoned campgrounds to solve the mysteries of that pivotal summer, and to reclaim his story from those who have stolen it.
"Nick White's How to Survive a Summer is radiant with contradiction: it's a story about facing up to a devastating past that's often laugh-out-loud funny; a book about terrible violence that's lit with the redemptive force of love. In documenting the consequences and inhumane costs of conversion therapy, White has given us a new and exuberantly queer Southern Gothic."--Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You "How to Survive a Summer is an enthralling debut novel that deals with the controversial subject of gay conversion therapy and its cruel effect on a teenage boy . . . a suspenseful story about redemption and survival."--John Rechy, author of City of Night and of After the Blue Hour "Nick White shows us that the ghosts of the present need exorcising no less than those of the past. How to Survive a Summer is a sharp, powerful debut novel about coming of age and coming to terms--with family, heritage, violence, loss, and finally with ourselves."--Justin Taylor, author of Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever
Nick White is an Assistant Professor of English at Ohio State University. A native of Mississippi, he earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His short stories have been published in a variety of places, including The Kenyon Review, Guernica, Indiana Review, Day One, The Hopkins Review, and elsewhere.